Spent the whole day in our French garden distributing the soil we collected yesterday.
There is always so much to see and it is worth keeping a look out for interesting insects. Today on our flowering hedge I encountered a very splendid green beetle. It was apparently taking nectar and
I have seen these before but I have no idea what it is. Any ideas?
I sat down for a rest on a seat and within minutes this splendid male Common Redstart appeared and began feeding from a perch in the Pyracantha hedge. Other migrants today included a White Wagtail, Sparrowhawk and a female Montagu's Harrier. Our resident Short-toed Eagles were also overhead calling during the morning.
After lunch it became quite warm (23 degrees) and I noted a bit of Ocellated Lizard activity. These large creatures seem to like my drainage pipes and every one has droppings at its entrance. I watched three in all including this one the size of a rat and I wondered how he squeezed down the pipe.
With the work now done for a while I intend to go back to the marsh at Capestang tomorrow to see how things might have changed.